Hello my loves.

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This post has been long promised and I am so sorry I have been slacking.

I have been teasing you with some delicious baking I have done recently and it was all thanks to a wonderful product.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

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The lovely folks at Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their virgin coconut oil to review and I couldn’t have been more excited. I had heard wonderful things about cooking with coconut oil.

I didn’t know that much about it, so I headed to their website to get a little information first.

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Here is a little bit of what they have to say about what virgin coconut oil is and how it is made.

From their website: There is no industry standard definition for “Virgin Coconut Oil” as there is in the olive oil industry for “Virgin” and “Extra Virgin” olive oil. Today, there are many coconut oils on the market that are labeled as “Virgin Coconut Oil.” Tropical Traditions was the first company to publish standards for the use of “Virgin Coconut Oil” in terms of edible oils, and here is what we published over ten years ago:

Virgin Coconut Oil can only be achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years. There are currently two main processes of manufacturing Virgin Coconut Oil:

1. Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil. Using this method, the coconut meat is quick dried, and the oil is then pressed out via mechanical means. This is the most common type of “Virgin” or “Extra Virgin” (see below) coconut oil sold in the market today that you will find in stores. It is mass-produced. (see our Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil)

2. Wet-milling. With this method the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. “Coconut milk” is expressed first by pressing. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge. (see our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil)

They also give some ways to use coconut oil, but I knew what I wanted to do.

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 I wanted to bake.

(click on links for recipes)

First up was my cake batter blondies

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Here’s the first wonderful thing I realized about cooking with coconut oil. It really gives desserts that extra “oomph” for lack of a better word. I happen to love coconut, but sometimes coconut based desserts are just “too much”. Using coconut oil gives it that slight coconut sweetness without the addition of sugar. Amazing.

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Next I made some Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Again, the simple addition of using coconut oil made it better than just a plain chocolate chip cookie, without going over board.

I sent the left overs of both of these with Matt to work to share and his co-workers raved about them both.

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One more thing I knew I really wanted to use the coconut oil in was Katie’s Hot Chocolate Butter

I had made it once before when I had a sample pack of coconut oil and fell in love.

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I have a feeling I will be making multiple batches of this!

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So why am I teasing you yet again with all this deliciousness?

Well the lovely people at Tropical Traditions would like to give one lucky Accidently Delish reader the chance to get their very own jar of virgin coconut oil!

How cool huh? And I already gave you some great ideas on how to use it

(And trust me there are 93284234 other things I want to do with it. Sweet potato fries, stir frying vegetables…)

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Here’s how to enter:

Mandatory:

- Head over to the Tropical Traditions website and subscribe to their newsletter. Leave me a comment letting me know you did.

Additional Entries:

- Follow me on twitter and tweet about the give away! Something like “I just entered with @AccidentlyDlish to win @troptraditions virgin coconut oil. Enter here! http://tinyurl.com/bqbtq3r”

- Follow Tropical Traditions on twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did.

- Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you did.

- And if you’re in the mood add me on Facebook as well!

I will choose a random winner on Friday September 28, 2012.

Good luck everyone!

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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Didn’t win the giveaway? No worries. Head over to their website and check out their deals!

(If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.)